MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – NOVEMBER

Greetings, Readers!

It’s November, time to get cozy with your favorite books, especially crime fiction! And for the hardy authors among us, it’s National Novel Writing Month, the annual writing marathon where participating writers aim to churn out 50,000 words by November 30th. Our collective experience? A great way to unleash creativity and to generate new characters, plot lines and twists, but best to write to a plan or spend the next 11 months editing!

November is a busy time for the Mesdames with publication news and lots of readings and events. And for emerging crime fiction writers, an invitation to submit to the contest for our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen. Check out the submission rules on the special In the Key of Thirteen page of this website.

PUBLICATION NEWS!

Sylvia Warsh

Mme Sylvia Warsh has sold her story, “The Veiled Heart” to Down and Out Magazine, a leading US publisher of noir crime fiction. “The Veiled Heart” is an actual Salvador Dali print, but Sylvia’s tale about an obsessed collector who will do anything to acquire it is fortunately fiction. The story is scheduled to appear in the next issue of Down and Out Magazine.

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

CWC Day of Crime Author Event

On Saturday, November 3rd, come out and meet Mmes Lisa de Nikolits and Madeleine Harris-Callway as they join fellow Crime Writers of Canada authors Lynn McPherson, Judy Penz Sheluk and Ilona Salley at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge Street, from 11 am to 3 pm for A Day of Crime and book signing.

CWC Perfect Crime Day

Meet Mme Madona Skaff for a Crime Writers of Canada meet and greet and book signing with fellow local Ottawa authors John Moss, Jim Napier and Melissa Yi on Saturday, November 17th from 12 noon to 4 pm at Perfect Books, 258A Elgin Street.

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

On Thursday, November 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Mme Lisa de Nikolits and four other local authors from Crime Writers of Canada take part in a panel focusing on Toronto as a setting for writers of fiction and non-fiction crime stories. Featured authors will each do a reading, followed by a panel discussion on what makes Toronto unique as a setting in stories, and why they chose to include it in their book. Panel authors include Tracy L. Ward (Historical Mystery), Lisa de Nikolits (Literary Thriller/Noir), Nate Hendley (True Crime) and Arthur Haberman (Police Procedural)
Mount Pleasant  Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Catherine Dunphy, Lisa de Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway, Rosemary McCracken

Catherine Dunphy, Lisa de Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway, Rosemary McCracken

On Saturday, November 17, Mme Cathy Dunphy leads the panel of Mmes Lisa De Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway and Rosemary McCracken to discuss crime writing at a Writers & Editors Network breakfast. This is a private event.

Inanna Publications 40th Celebration

Join Mme Lisa de Nikolits in celebrating 40 years of Feminist Publishing. All are invited! FreeTickets are through Eventbrite’s Inanna Publications 40th Anniversary. Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 2M7
Thursday, November 22, 2018
7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Tartan Turban Secret Readings

Mme Lisa de Nikolits will be hosting The Tartan Turban Secret Readings on Friday 23rdNovember, from 7-10pm, at Barrett and Welsh, 577 Kingston Road, Suite 301. Free. Tickets are through Eventbrite’s Tartan Turban Secret Readings #14.

Guest readers will be Aparna Kaji Shah, Stedmond Pardy, Myna Wallin, Mayank Bhatt, Tehmina Khan, Evadne Macedo, Wubit Zewdu, Micheal Fraser and Gavin Barrett. The evening’s theme:  From around the world we have come, to Canada, to find a home.

REMINDERS!

The deadline for submissions to the Canadian Crime Writers’ 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards is coming up on December 15th! Find the submission rules and further information on the CWC website’s Arthur Ellis Awards page.

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

November 1: Interview with Alison Bruce, (Ghost Writer). Reading of “Family Values” by Sylvia Maultash Warsh, from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.
November 4: Interview with author Joseph Glazner, (MurderlandLife After America). Reading of short story “The Battle of Beaver Hill by Melodie Campbell, from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.
November 11: Interview with Helen Burke (Today the Birds Will Sing, Collected Poems). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Remember Me” by Alexander Galant, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014
November 18: Interview with author Karen Katchur (River Bodies). Reading by Donna Carrick of “The Legend of the Corkscrew Swamp”, story by Dayna Leigh Cheser, from EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing.
November 25: Interview with author Rosemary McCracken (Safe HarborRaven LakeBlack Water). Reading by Donna Carrick of story “Antonio” by Rosemary McCracken, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014.

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CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR IN THE KEY OF THIRTEEN!

 

 

Announcing our second short story contest for Canadian writers previously unpublished in the genre of crime fiction. The winning story will be included in our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, to be published in 2019.

Check the page on our website for the detailed contest rules. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

Judging of the stories will be done blind by a committee. You must remove all personal identifiers from the header, footer and body of your submission.

Please contact mcallway1@gmail.com for all questions related to this contest.

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – OCTOBER

Happy Thanksgiving and Halloween Readers!

October is one of the busiest times of the year for authors – and readers. The nights are getting colder, the nights longer: all the better to cozy up with a delicious crime novel.

Word on the Street was a great success this year with the Mesdames back hosting their own table and helping out at the Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime booths.

The Mesdames are racing ahead of the cold fall winds this month with Mmes Lisa De Nikolits’ and Rosemary Aubert’s book launches, several readings and events.

BOOK LAUNCHES!

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Be sure to attend Inanna Publications Fall Book Launch No. 3 featuring Mme Lisa de Nikolits at the official launch of her avant-garde thriller, Rotten Peaches The event takes place Thursday, October 25th, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince  Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON. Special guest jazz musician Patrick Hewan will be on hand. Refreshments will be served. Free. For more information about the launch, check out Inanna’s Facebook event.

Rotten Peaches is Lisa’s 8th novel!  It’s received rave reviews already, including kudos from Karen Dionne, the best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter.

Lisa freely admits that her protagonists are nasty people, but she felt compelled to explore what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions. Were they born rotten? What further havoc will they wreak upon their families and the world once they join forces?

Lisa continues to thrill us with her disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition to create a gripping epic readers can’t put down.

 

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

And on Tuesday, October 23rd, 7 pm, Mme Rosemary Aubert  invites everyone to attend the launch of her new book Strong, Certain and Alone, Poems in the Voice of Isaac Newton. The event will take place at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto.

Rosemary’s book is a labour of love, the culmination of many years of artistic exploration. Readers may not know that Rosemary began her writing life as a poet (as did crime fiction authors, Peter Robinson and Margaret Atwood). Rosemary used the Toronto poetry scene as the background for her gripping thriller, Terminal Grill.

SHOUT-OUTS AND RECOGNITION!

Catherine Astolfo

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Huge congratulations to Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Sylvia Warsh whose short stories in 13 Claws are listed as “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2017” in Otto Penzler’s Best American Mystery Stories 2018.

“The Outlier” by Cathy Astolfo won this year’s Arthur Ellis Short Story Award and “The Ranchero’s Daughter” by Sylvia Warsh was short-listed.  Jack Batten, Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, called “The Outlier” a tale scary enough to frighten Paul Bernardo.  This is HUGE recognition for Cathy and Sylvia, for Carrick Publishing and of course, our anthology, 13 Claws!

 

Rosemary McCracken

Congratulations to Mme Rosemary McCracken whose darkly comic short story, “Dining Out,” has been accepted for the Malice Domestic 2019 anthology, Mystery Most Edible. It will be published by Wildside Press. For a full listing of the stories check out the Malice Domestic website.

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

M. H. Callway

Rosemary McCracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, October 4th, 5 pm, Mmes M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell and Rosemary McCracken join authors Lynn McPherson and Dianne Scott in conducting an Unhanged Arthur Workshop for aspiring young writers. The Unhanged Arthur is the nickname for Crime Writers of Canada’s Best Unpublished Mystery Novel Award. All three Mesdames are winners or finalists of Arthur Ellis awards.

Workshop members will be talking about what writers should aim for when submitting to the Unhanged Arthur contest. Deadline for submitting to the 2019 Unhanged Arthur contest, sponsored by Dundurn Press, is coming up on Oct. 15th. Entrants must submit the opening 5,000 words of their completed crime fiction novel AND a 500-word synopsis. The submission rules are here: http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/images/stories/ArthurEllis/Current-Unhanged-Rules.pdf

The workshop includes interviews of the CWC authors, readings and a blue-pencil session with attendees. Location: Jane Sheppard Library, 1906 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto.

Caro Soles

On Thursday, October 18th, 6 pmMmes Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles will be back at the Mount Pleasant Library to discuss where they get their story ideas, getting published, short story writing and much more. Location: Mount Pleasant Library,  599 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto.

 

 

 

Catherine Astolfo

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on Thursday, Oct 18th, 7 pm, Mmes Catherine Astolfo, Melodie Campbell and Sylvia Warsh, join authors Karen Blake-Hall, Linda Cahill, Susan Daly and Helen Nelson at Toronto Sisters in Crime for Writing short stories: How hard can it be? Mme Melodie Campbell moderates this powerhouse panel to discuss the whys, wherefores and inspirations for their short stories. And what are the differences from writing longer form? Catherine’s story, “The Outlier”, in our anthology 13 Claws, won the Arthur Ellis Short Story Award. Melodie and Sylvia’s stories have been nominated many times.

The meeting will be held at  the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd (just a block north of Eglinton subway station on Yonge, half a block west of Yonge). Take the elevator in the lobby to the second floor. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note: a $5 fee is charged for non-members.

On Saturday, October 20th, 9:30 to 2:30 pm, Mmes M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken will be book signing and selling at the 28th annual Flamborough Fall Book Fair. Location: St. James United Church, 306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown, Ont.

MORE NEWS!

Our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, is underway. And the second contest for new authors previously unpublished in crime fiction will open on October 15th with the deadline for submission, March 1, 2019.

Contest rules will be published on our website shortly. Look for our announcement on Facebook and Twitter. All emerging crime fiction authors welcome.

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

October 1: Interview with true crime author Nate Hendley (The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction) about Ron Moffatt and his wrongful conviction

October 7: Interview with Economist, author and husband Alex Carrick. Reading of “The Madame Lazonga Defense”, by Alex Carrick from Three Scoops Is A Blast, Carrick Publishing, 2010

October 14: Interview with Carolyn Cohagan (Time Zero). Reading by Donna Carrick of “Ghost Protocol” by Angie Capozello, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

October 21: Interview with author Rachael Sparks (Resistant). Reading of “The Canadian Caper” by Mme Rosemary Aubert, from Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing 2013

October 28: Interview with Alison Bruce, (Ghost Writer). Reading of “Family Values” by Mme Sylvia Maultash Warsh, from Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2013

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – SEPTEMBER

Welcome back, Readers!

Hope you had a great summer holiday. Hard to believe it’s already September with this hot weather, but Fall is here and the Mesdames are back on the move with book news, readings and events. And we’re happy to report recognition for our authors, too!

September has one of the year’s most important writing events, Toronto’s annual Word on the Street. The Mesdames will be back hosting their own table and will be helping out at tables sponsored by Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime. Do pay us a visit! 

 

SHOUT-OUTS AND RECOGNITION!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell received a glowing review in the September/October 2018 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for her very funny thriller, The B Team: The Case of the Angry First WifeHere’s what the reviewer had to say:

“the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake”

“The Toronto Sun calls her the Canadian “Queen of Comedy,” but I like to think of her as the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake. After five books featuring mafia goddaughter Gina Gallo, Campbell has launched this spin-off series about a bumbling team of vigilante heroes led by Gina’s cousin Del and seventy-something-year-old former cat burglar Great Aunt Kitty. The fast-paced humor is characterized by situations that are simultaneously madcap and bizarrely banal.”

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Mme Lisa De Nikolits is thrilled that her existentialist thriller, No Fury Like That, is short- listed for The 2018 Very Best Fiction Award by the Miramichi Reader, Independent Book Reviews for Independent Readers!

And her upcoming book, Rotten Peaches, received a rave review from Karen Dionne, the best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter. Karen writes:

“Wow. Just wow. Lisa de Nikolits’ Rotten Peaches blew me away. A dark, compulsive, and addictive story in which the characters’ secrets and needs conflict with each other and fold back in on themselves in an ever-tightening noose, Rotten Peaches will keep readers gripped until the very last page. Highly recommended!”

Rotten Peaches launches at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur St, October 25th.

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

The Women Killing It Festival in Picton, Ontario is coming up fast. This Labour Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, meet Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Caro Soles and many other fine Canadian crime women writers in beautiful Prince Edward County. Events include workshops, readings and a Victorian Tea.

Full details are on the Women Killing It festival’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesdames panel for the International Relations Section of the Women's University Club, Mississauga

L to R: Cathy Dunphy, Melodie Campbell, Lisa de Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken

On Thursday, September 20, Mme Cathy Dunphy leads the panel of Mmes Melodie Campbell, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay and Rosemary McCracken to discuss crime fiction and international affairs with the Mississauga University Women’s Club. This is a private event.

 

Canzine Toronto

On Saturday, September 22nd, 4 pm, Mme Lisa de Nikolits will participate in a Panel discussion at Broken Pencil’s Canzine Toronto: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture with authors A.G. Pasquella, Brian Busby and more. The panel’s topic:  The Noir Small Press Resurgence: Anxiety, depravity, depression and, of course, hardboiled entertainment! Why noir is now a small press staple!

On September 28th and 29th, Lisa will be attending the Fog Lit Festival in St John, New Brunswick. She will be doing a group reading on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm and leading a workshop, The ABC’s to Better Writing, Saturday, Sept 29th at 9 am.

 

Word on the Street Toronto 2018

WORD ON THE STREET! Sunday, September 23rd

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Burfield

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

The Mesdames of Mayhem are back in 2018 hosting their own table at this annual event for book lovers. Mmes Jane Burfield, Lisa De Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne Murphy, Sylvia Warsh and M. Ed Piwowarczyk will be on hand to tell readers about the Mesdames, to sell our award-winning anthology, 13 Claws, and of course, books by our authors. Come visit us in the Writers Block at table WB 7 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Word on the Street 2018 map

And be sure to visit Mme Caro Soles at the Bloody Words Mini-con booth, WB 12.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

M. H. Callway

Coffin Hop Press’s noir anthology, The Dame Was Trouble launched in Calgary at the When Worlds Collide convention. All copies sold out!! The book is now available on Amazon.ca,  Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell are thrilled to be in the line-up which includes: Gail Bowen, Kelly Armstrong, Elle McPherson and Jayne Bernard.

More good news from Mme Melodie Campbell. The seventh book in her hilarious Goddaughter series will be published by Orca Books in January 2019. We can’t wait to read Gina’s (mis)adventures in The Goddaughter Does Vegas.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, is underway. And we’re delighted to announce the second contest for new authors previously unpublished in crime fiction.

The contest will open in October with deadline for submission, March 1, 2019. Rules will follow in our October Mesdames on the Move. All emerging authors welcome. Good Luck!!

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

September 2: Interview with literary author B.R. Stateham, (A Taste of Old RevengeThere Are No Innocents). #ReadersOnTheRun short story: “Invasion” by Mme Donna CarrickNorth on the Yellowhead,  Carrick Publishing

September 9: Interview with author Kate Raphael (Murder Under the Bridge). Short story reading of “Cover Girl”, flash fiction by Mme Melodie Campbell, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

September 16: Interview Joan Hicks Boone (The Best Girl). Short story: “Axe husband”, by Mme Donna Carrick, North on the Yellowhead,  Carrick Publishing

September 23: Interview with author Tina Wolff (Exacting Justice). Short story: “Runaway” by Joan O’Callaghan, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

September 30: Interview with true crime author Nate Hendley (The Boy on the Bicycle). Short story reading TBD.

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – AUGUST UPDATE!

Greetings Readers!

Hope you’re enjoying this fine summer as much as we are. but even as we bask in the sun, we are on the move. As promised, here are our  updates for August!

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

On Thursday, August 3rd, 6 pm, Madame Catherine Astolfo will speak about writing and read from her work at Grace Gallery on 29 Nelson Street, Brantford, ON.

On Saturday, August 5th, M. Ed Piwowarczyk is interviewed on Dead to Writes podcast and will read from his story, “Snake Bit”, from the Mesdames’ award-winning anthology, 13 Claws.

And if you’re looking for something fun to do on Labour Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, check out the Women Killing It Festival in Picton, Ontario. Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Caro Soles join several established Canadian crime writers to celebrate crime fiction. The festival includes workshops, readings and a Victorian Tea!

Full details on the festival’s website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

M. H. Callway

Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell are over the moon to be included in the terrific line-up of women writing noir in Coffin Hop Press’s upcoming anthology, The Dame was Trouble. Publication and author details to be released later this month.

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

August 1: Interview with literary author Jen Knox (The Glass City, After the Gazebo). #ReadersOnTheRun short story: “Bullet Proof” by Alex Carrick, “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction, Carrick Publishing

August 5: Interview with M. Ed Piwowarczyk and short story reading of “Snake Bit”, his story in 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2017

August 12: Interview with Edith Maxwell, Macavity and Agatha-nominated author of Quaker Midwife Mysteries, Country Store, Local Foods and other mystery series. Short story: “The Peace of Mind Thief”, by Alex Carrick, “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction, Alex Carrick, Carrick Publishing

August 19: Interview with author Mike Rubin (The Cottoncrest Curse, Cashed Out) and reading of “The Right Choice” by Donna Carrick, 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2017

August 26: Interview with author Michelle Cox (A Girl Like You, A Ring of Truth) and reading of short story “Family Recipe” by Catherine Astolfo, EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing 2012

 

 

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Connecting with readers

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Great blog by fellow mystery author, Jeff Markowitz on a wonderful and generous way to connect with readers.

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: JULY and AUGUST

Greetings Readers!

The Mesdames are taking it easy in July and August, gearing up for a super-busy fall with Word on the Street, the Women Killing It mystery festival in Picton, new book launches and many reading events.

 

No worries: Our newsletter editors will be giving you exciting updates throughout the sultry weeks of July and August. So join our kitty on the beach, don your shades, grab a cool one and read on!

A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: OUR 4TH ANTHOLOGY!

13 Claws, our third anthology was such a smash success, we’re doing another.  Together with Carrick Publishing, we are delighted to announce our 4th anthology: IN THE KEY OF THIRTEEN!

Featuring crime fiction from cozy to noir, from comedy capers to murder most foul, all linked by the theme of MUSIC! 

And yes, we will be running a contest for stories by writers previously unpublished in the crime fiction genre!

More details in the Mesdames on the Move for September!

New Publications and Congratulations!

Congrats to Mme Rosemary McCracken whose story, “Black Bear Country”, is published in the July issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

Rosemary McCracken

Print and digital copies and subscriptions available on Amazon here. 

 

Here’s the cover reveal for Mme Lisa De Nikolits new novel, Rotten Peaches, to be released this fall by Inanna Publications It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

The four “rotten peaches” are the four main characters of this dark, comedic thriller featuring theft, blackmail, outrageous sex and of course, murder!

I can still smell the spilled blood and the acrid sweat that rose from the men’s skin as they died. I lean over the cool toilet, hugging the bowl. You’ll have to live with the consequences, Pa had said. He’s right. I have to get my act together.

For a sneak peek, read the advanced review by The Miramichi Reader here.

 

Melodie Campbell

Mel Campbell

M. H. Callway

Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell  have stories in the upcoming anthology The Dame Was Trouble (Coffin Hop Press). Stand by for a cover and contributors reveal later this summer.

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Mme Caro Soles’ new thriller, People Like Us (Crossroads Press) is now available on Amazon Kindle.

James Dubro, gay activist and investigative journalist writes:

People Like Us is a beautifully written, intricate, haunting tale of how a Toronto woman’s seemingly perfect life is completely upended and almost destroyed by sexual secrets involving her close friends and a 19 year old gay street hustler. Nothing is at it appears to be in this profoundly moving coming of age novel. Caro Soles is a mature literary writer who in this subtle and haunting mystery is at the top of her game.

 

EVENTS AND READINGS!

 

Catherine Dumphy

Jane Burfield

Rosemary McCracken

On Thursday, July 5th, 6 pm, Mmes Catherine Dunphy, Jane Burfield, M.H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits and Rosemary McCracken will tell readers about the Mesdames of Mayhem and show how Canadian women are rocking the mystery world. The event takes place at the Palmerston Public Library, 560 Palmerton Avenue, Toronto.

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

July 1: Our Canada Day interview with former Canadian Parks Ranger and mystery author, George Mercer. #ReadersOnTheRun short story to be announced.

July 8: Interview with author Jayne Barnard and short story reading of “Easter Aches”, by Jayne Barnard, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing.

July 15: Interview with author Perry Block (Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute) and reading by Alex Carrick of short story “The Size of the Skip” from Three Scoops is a Blast, Carrick Publishing.

July 22: Interview with author Iris Waichler (Role Reversal). Short story reading to be announced.

July 29: Interview with author Jen Knox (Glass City, After the Gazebo). Short story reading to be announced.

 

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NEW WAY TO SELL BOOKS – VENDING MACHINES!

No doubt about it – selling print books is getting harder and harder. E books are great for portability and quick access to exciting new reads. But print books have several advantages: FANG can’t track your reading progress and you never have to recharge a book!

Mme Lisa de Nikolits was extremely fortunate and excited to not only have her book participate in a novel book selling venture: selling your book in a vending machine.  If you’re travelling through Billy Bishop airport, be sure to try out the book vending machine!

Lisa de Nikolits

 

 

 

 

Lisa also enjoyed a shoutout in the Toronto Star by Books Editor Deborah Dundas.  Here is the article:

No Fury Like That, by Toronto’s Lisa de Nikolits, is a novel partly set in an airport lounge that’s actually purgatory. Could there be a more apt read to pass the time while waiting for your plane to board?

The 2017 literary thriller is one of 20 independent titles available from a new vending machine at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Carry On Books — it’s on the departures level, before security — was put in place by the Literary Press Group, a collective of about 60 independent Canadian publishers.

“We wanted to experiment with a new way to reach readers,” said Christen Thomas, the organization’s executive director. “In this case we think we’ll be bringing books in front of people travelling to different cities in Canada and the States in an environment that’s great for reading.”

Inspiration for the machine came in part from the Biblio-Mat at The Monkey’s Paw bookshop on Bloor St. W., which provides used books, as well as short story machines in Edmonton and Paris airports that dispense a story for those in need of a quick read.

“We thought Billy Bishop was the best place to launch a book vending machine because there’s no real entertainment options on the flight,” noted Thomas. “We often see passengers reading the literature on the plane.” It’s also a way of trying to expand an audience that is becoming ever more difficult to reach.

Print book sales in Canada declined in 2017 by about 4 per cent in units sold and 3 per cent in value sold compared to 2016, according to numbers released in January by BookNet Canada, which tracks sales.

“We do have limited review space (in newspapers and magazines), some closure of independent and chain stores, as well as a decline of shelf and online space for independent Canadian literature,” Thomas said. “So we aim to help our members find audiences and help readers discover really innovative and diverse and emerging authors from across Canada.”

Carry On Books is a summer-long experiment running from June 1 to Aug. 31. The project was funded by the Canada Book Fund, which is part of the federal Department of Heritage.

The machine itself was modified from one that was used in condos to deliver groceries, including eggs, “so we know it’ll treat the books well,” laughed Thomas.

The books will be initially stocked in a rotation of 30 titles from six independent publishers. They are Book*hug, Brindle & Glass, Inanna Publications, Nightwood Editions, Playwrights Canada Press and Stonehouse Publishing.

“It can be very difficult to get independent books into hands of readers,” said Hazel Millar, managing editor of Book*hug. Her titles include work by Oisin Curran and Erin Wunker. “As independent publishers, we have limited financial resources and we have to be very creative with our marketing budgets.”

For this initiative, Millar notes they “consciously selected titles that have received critical acclaim, and in some cases have won, or been shortlisted for, awards.”

Books will cost between $16 to $20 with the machine set up to accept either debit or credit, but not cash. Other authors include award-winning Indigenous writers Gregory Scofield and Lee Maracle. A description of each book is provided on the side of the machine to make choosing easy.

“Some of my fave upmarket cosmetics are in vending machines in airports, so why not books?” quipped de Nikolits. “It’s a great way to showcase books that readers might have missed.”

 

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: JUNE

Greetings Readers!

June is another super-busy month for the Mesdames with loads of reading events,  publication news. But first, the biggest news for 2018:

13 CLAWS WINS THE ARTHUR ELLIS!!!

 

13 Claws Anthology

Thursday, May 24th was   Carrick Publishing’s night!

For almost a decade, Carrick Publishing has been a huge supporter of Canadian crime writers and given first voice to promising new authors like Elle MacPherson, winner of the 2017 Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award.

A huge THANK YOU and mega hug to Donna and Alex Carrick, the publishers of the Mesdames three anthologies.

Big congrats and hugs go to Mme Catherine Astolfo for WINNING this year’s Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award for her terrifying tale, “The Outlier”. Jack Batten, the Toronto Star crime fiction reviewer, praised it as scary enough to give Paul Bernardo pause!

 

And heart-felt congratulations also go to our Arthur Ellis finalists, Mmes Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway and Sylvia Warsh! 

Sylvia Warsh

M. H. Callway

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Burfield

To read Cathy’s story and the amazing work by more than a dozen of Canada’s leading crime writers, buy a copy of 13 Claws today. It’s available on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple and in print form from our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street.

MORE NEWS!

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

The Bony Blithe Minicon took place with great fun and success on Friday, May 25th. This year’s winner of the Bony Blithe prize is E. C. Bell for Dying on Second. Enjoy write-ups of the festival on E.C. Bell’s blog here and the Bony Blithe homepage here. This award, for mysteries that make you smile, was created and is run by Mmes Cheryl Freedman and Caro Soles.

 

Limestone Expo was held on May 26-27th in Kingston with several Mesdames and fellow Sisters in Crime participating on panels, such as “What makes a Great Whodunnit?” and “Film Tropes are Killing my Prose”.  A good time was had by M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken, Ed Piwowarczyk and Madona Skaff.  Great write-up of the event on Rosemary’s blog, Kingston on My Mind, here and loads of photos on the SinC website thanks to hard-working Marilyn!

Madona Skaff

Marilyn Kay

Lisa De Nikolits

Ed Piwowarczyk

WE GROW AGAIN!

We’re delighted that Catherine Astolfo has returned to the Mesdames from retirement. We look forward to more of her dark fiction.

And we welcome Monsieur, Kevin Thornton, whose stories and novels have been short-listed many times for the Arthur Ellis Award. Check out Kevin’s bio on the right side of this page!

 

New Publications and Congratulations!

A Ship Called Pandora story in Mystery WeeklyMelodie CampbellMme. Melodie Campbell’s new favourite short story. “A Ship Called Pandora”, appears in the June issue of Mystery Weekly.

Mystery Weekly is a Canadian publisher recognized by the Mystery Writers of America. All stories are eligible for consideration for the Edgar Award.

To learn more about this exciting new publication, to subscribe and to read some great new stories, check out their Mystery Weekly website.

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Mme Caro Soles’ new thriller, People Like Us, will be released this fall and here is the engaging cover!

How well do you know your friends? At a cottage reunion of old university pals, a telephone call threatens their tightly knit circle. Long-buried secrets being to crack their perfect lives wider and wider until one buckles under the pressure and slides headlong into murder.

 

EVENTS AND READINGS!

 

On Tuesday, June 5th, 2 pm, Mmes Catherine Dunphy, M.H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits and Marilyn Kay will tell their audience why Canadian women are rocking the mystery world. The event takes place at the Beaches Public Library, Program Room, 2161 Queen St. East, Toronto.

 

On Saturday, June 9th, Mme Sylvia Warsh will be one of the authors of What’s Your Story, North York and Scarborough? This celebration of reading and writing in North York and Scarborough will be hosted by award-winning author Catherine Hernandez.

The afternoon event takes place at Victoria Village Library, 184 Sloane Avenue, Toronto.

Sylvia will be reading from her North York story at 1:15 pm. At 2:30 pm, Catherine Hernandez will hold a workshop Decolonizing Writing Practice, to help authors find truth in their own literary voice. And at 3 pm there will be a Publisher Speed Dating event with Quattro Books, Guernica Editions, Dundurn Press, Cormorant Books, ECW Press and Inanna Publications. For more information visit the open book website here.

 

Also , on Saturday, June 9th, 11 am to 3 pm, Mmes Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles will join fellow CWC authors Anita Arvast, Anna Dowdall, Judy Penz Sheluk and Jennifer Soosar  at Chapters / Indigo, 3900 Highway 7, Unit 1, Woodbridge. The event is part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Crime Writers of Canada.

 

On Tuesday, June 12th, 2 pmMme M. H. Callway will be giving her popular, How to Get Published, workshop at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen Street East, Toronto. And on Tuesday, June 19th, 6 pm, she will be give the same workshop as a guest of Rosemary McCracken’s novel writing course at George Brown College.

 

Caro SolesOn Tuesday, June 19th, 2 pm, Mme Caro Soles, will be giving a talk on the Pitfalls of Writing Historical Fiction, also at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen Street East, Toronto.

 

Melodie CampbellOn Thursday, June 21st, 7 pm,  Mme Melodie Campbell joins fellow comedy writers Janet Bolin, Elizabeth Duncan and Steve Shrott for a Die Laughing panel at the Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto. Moderated by Lynn Macpherson.

 

Also on Thursday, June 21st, 5:30 to 7 pm, Lisa De Nikolits joins writers, Sky Curtis and Mary Lou Dickinson for an authors’ event at Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Rd, Toronto.

 

 

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

June 1: Interview with renowned host of Conversations LIVE Cyrus Webb and reading of “Watermelon Weekend”, Donna Carrick, nominated for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award, featured in Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2013.

June 3: Interview with author Lizbeth Meredith (Pieces of Me) and short story reading of “Corner Store”, Donna Carrick.

June 10: Interview with author Michael Jecks (the Knights Templar series) and reading of short story “Appearances”, Donna Carrick, North on the Yellowhead, Carrick Publishing.

June 17: Interview with author Jennifer Berg (the Elliot Bay mystery series) and reading of “Delights in Novelty”, Brad Ling, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing.

June 24: Interview with Canadian Crime writer Dee Wilson and reading of “July is Hell”, Mme Melodie Campbell, Thirteen, Carrick Publishing.

 

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TWO GREAT EVENTS COMING UP!

Greetings Readers!

13 Claws Anthology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mesdames have two great events coming up next week. On Thursday, May 26th, 6 pm, we will be attending the Arthur Ellis Awards gala at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto. We are incredibly honoured to have no less than FOUR nominations from our third anthology, 13 Claws: Cathy Astolfo (ret’d), Jane Burfield and Sylvia Warsh for Best Short Story and M. H. Callway for Best Novella!

Jane Burfield

M. H. Callway

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

 

And on Friday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. the 2018 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala takes place at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto.

A message from Mme Cheryl Freedman, Assistant to the Once and Future Bloody Boss and 2018 Bony Blithe Chair, Mme Caro Soles.

Cheryl Freedman

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my criminous friends…

Just a reminder to those of you who haven’t registered for the 2018 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala that time is running out: The event is next Friday, May 25, so register now for a fun day of mirth and murder.

New this year are some panels to broaden the horizon of our bony gal, with topics that aren’t focused strictly on light mysteries.

Sex and the Saucy Bits. From characters walking off chastely into the sunset to a jolly bout of good old rumpy-pumpy, how much sex do we want to see in mysteries?

Expletive Deleted? Even the most gentle of sleuths must lose their cool sometimes, so how do characters express themselves when life poops on them? Including a look at creative cussing through the ages.

Killing Them Softly. Guns are so gauche when there are so many other classier and more innovative ways of offing one’s enemies. From a bullet to the brain to a knitting needle to the heart.

Sleuths and Sidekicks. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Even cops have partners (official or unofficial), and what would Sherlock have done without Watson. Who are your favourite crime-fighting duos?

Woof! Meow! Oink! No matter how badly your investigation is going, you can always turn to your best friend – your pet – for comfort. What role do animals play in various kinds of mysteries?

Besides our panels, your registration also includes lunch and dinner, afternoon nibblies, a book room, and a chance to network, meet old and new friends, and speak with authors.

All this for only $65. So register now for the 2018 Bony Blithe Mini-con and Award Gala on the website here.

 

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